New Member Sought for Kaloko-Honokohau Advisory Group

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The National Park Service is calling for nominations to fill a vacancy on an advisory group for Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.

The vacancy on Na Hoa Pili O Kaloko-Honokohau, also known as The Friends of Kaloko-Honokohau, is for a member to represent native Hawaiian interests.

The nine-member advisory group was established by Congress for the Kona park in 2009. At least six of the members appointed by the secretary of the Interior must be native Hawaiians.

Members serve five-year terms.

Nominations or requests for information should be sent to park Superintendent Tammy Duchesne at 73-4786 Kanalani St., Suite 14, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

According to a notice in the Federal Register, nominations should be typed and include a brief summary of the nominee’s qualifications, a resume and at least one letter of reference. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 21.

In addition to the nine voting members, the group also includes four ex-officio members that include the park superintendent, the director of the park service’s Pacific West Regional Pacific Islands and individuals appointed by Hawaii’s governor and the Big Island mayor.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park was established in 1979 at the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement.

The area’s calm seas and shallow landings made it an ideal location to launch canoes, and fish and other marine life were plentiful along the shoreline and offshore waters. Its residents also constructed elaborate fish ponds to supplement deep-sea fishing.


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